100 years ago
Sept. 22, 1921 — Council order demands 2 miles cement sidewalks
Approximately two miles of cement sidewalks were ordered in as the result of petitions presented at an adjourned meeting of the city council Tuesday evening.
The new walks will serve an extended business district and thickly settled residence streets in several parts of the city. Particular new attention was given that the new $100,000 central high school building, the grade school, domestic science and manual arts building and the gymnasium be connected by the new walks.
75 years ago
Sept. 26, 1946 — Air Transport Day marks inaugural of United service
Making inauguration of daily United Air Lines service, Central Oregon Air Transport Day will be celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Bend-Redmond stop, Roberts Field, with all Central Oregon taking part.
Among dignitaries to be present for the occasion is U.S. Sen. Wayne Morse of Eugene. B.A. Stover will be master of ceremonies.
The first scheduled United Mainliner, the southbound flight, is due to land at 9:53 a.m. On the first plane will be J.R. Roberts, Redmond’s leader in aviation, and Ward Coble, Bend aviation leader.
50 years ago
Sept. 29, 1971 — RHS social studies department sports new look
If it weren’t for the United States and world history classes you’d hardly recognize it as the Redmond High School social studies department.
Innovative classes ranging from minority studies and social issues to comparative economic systems and map reading and interpretation are being offered.
Of the new proposals, the only class which failed to generate enough student enrollments to go was comparative political systems, according to Principal Robert Riggs.
Riggs reports good response to the psychology class, taught by Don Rich, and minority studies by Jim Hayden.
25 years ago
Sept. 25, 1996 — Trucks may get season pass on Airport Way
Heavy trucks might be allowed to travel on Airport Way until the end of October, which temporarily would allow them safer access to Highway 97 via the Yew Avenue interchange instead of the dangerous intersection at Sisters Avenue.
The Redmond Public Works Department recommends opening Airport Way to heavy trucks on a seasonal basis from April 1 through Oct. 31. The city council will study the staff report Tuesday during the morning workshop to discuss street priorities and will make a decision at the Oct. 8 council meeting.
Airport Way was closed to trucks in 1993 when a five-ton weight limit was established. But Public Works Director Mary Meloy said increased truck traffic to new construction projects in the airport industrial park, coupled with continued safety problems at the intersection of Sisters Avenue and Highway 97, prompted a review of the weight limit on Airport Way.
Also the state Department of Forestry requested permission to use Airport Way for trucks hauling initial-attack firefighting equipment during fire season.
“It appears that during dry weather the road is capable of carrying heavier loads,” Meloy wrote in her report. “If the road begins to show excessive deterioration, then the weight limit can be imposed again.”
Meloy also cited concerns about illegal use of the roadway, noting that “enforcement of the weight restriction has been spotty or non-existent.”
Dave Skidgel, owner of Bar Seven A Trucking on Sisters Avenue, east of Highway 97, said opening Airport Way to trucks for seven months out of the year would be better than nothing.
“I’m tickled to death they’re going to let us use it at all,” he said, “but I felt like we should’ve been able to use it for the last two years.”